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The California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC) was created to promote the preservation, conservation, welfare, study and dissemination of knowledge pertaining to all turtles and tortoises. We are a California Public Benefit Corporation recognized as non-profit by the IRS under 501(c)(3).
In light of our proximity to the Mojave Desert, the Kern County Chapter's primary focus is, of course, on the threatened Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) and learning to keep it in the best simulation possible of its natural habitat.
Many club members also have numerous other species of turtles and tortoises. We believe in the proper care of all species. Every animal has the right to be treated with respect and kept in an environment or habitat where it can thrive.
The Kern California Turtle & Tortoise Club is dedicated to educating people about the preservation and conservation of turtles and tortoises throughout California.
Interested in learning to care for your turtle or tortoise? Check out our Care Advice to raise and keep healthy happy turtles and tortoises.
Hoping to adopt a turtle or tortoise? Let us help you. Our adoptions chair has all the information you need to get started, including permits to keep a desert tortoise.
KERN CTTC MONTLY MEETING
6:30 PM @ St Philip the Apostle Church
Special Presentation: What to Feed Your Desert Tortoise by Heather Ponek
We all want the best for our torts and find it hard to know what to feed them? The information sometimes is controversial. Heather will go over the “true” or scientific name of some common plants we have in our back yard. Also, some poisonous plants and what not to feed. She is lucky to have four Desert Tortoises that she follows around documenting what they eat; so far the toes have it. There will be lots of time for questions and sample of seeds to give out.
Members and Non-Members are invited to join in the fun! For maps and other info, click the happy tortoise!
WHAT IS THAT WHITE STUFF?
Many novice tortoise keepers worry when they see their tortoise excrete a "cheesy" textured or powdered whitish substance with their urine. This often happens after the tortoise takes a long drink of water. So what is that stuff?
It's urates or uric acid salts and it's perfectly natural. It's an adaptation to life in regions where water is scarce, which is the end product of protein digestion. It's also an important way for tortoises to eliminate excess potassium.
So don't worry. This is a vital natural function of your well-fed, well-hydrated tortoise.